University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Superficial Keratectomy

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Contributor: Jesse Vislisel, MD, Kenneth M. Goins

Superficial keratectomy (SK) is the removal of the corneal epithelium down to the level of Bowman membrane. In this case, it was performed to remove an area of central reduplicated epithelial basement membrane causing irregular astigmatism in a patient with epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD). The areas of involvement can be visualized as more firmly adherent regions centrally and paracentrally during the procedure.

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last updated: 03/15/20165
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